Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
. . . crocheted tiny flowers and glued them to paper clips. These are quick to make, add color to your work space, and are fun to gift. I loved they way these turned out - adorable!
These tiny flowers could be added to handmade cards, bobby pins, and so much more. I glued them to large paper clips using a clear drying, strong craft glue.
I am crocheting two flower patterns for making these. I do like the first flower better.
I keep a box of "tuck in" gifts that fit in an envelope or card, and my stash is dwindling. So many of these are going in the box.
The patterns for making flowers are in this book:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
My coffee cup today is actually pink with white polka dots. The early light in the kitchen makes it look different.
We are making progress on the "Winter Prep" list, but
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday morning consisted of more wood splitting and stacking. It feels good to gain on that job. We are trying to get all the wood inside the barn split first, before we tackle the monstrosity pieces again. We are getting another tree soon, and that wood needs a place to dry inside the barn. I'm excited to get a bit ahead on our supply.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Camping? Well, after a full day of splitting wood, we were too tuckered out to mess with the camper, ha ha! We did sleep well, even if it wasn't in the good ol' outdoors.
Truth be told, I think if we put up the camper early, and then did the hard work, it would have worked. However, that wonderful morning chill is back today and I would have not wanted to leave.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Sparta and the ladies enjoyed a long day outdoors yesterday. The sun was shining and it was just perfectly cozy. No dreary skies or fall cold drizzle.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
It was pretty cold yesterday. However, we are not heating just yet here. I like how the leaves on the ground make a dark day bright. I could not rake them up just yet. These will eventually go on the garden (unless a big wind whips them away before then).
See that pot of geraniums? I have two actually. Mid summer when my original plants died, I bought them at the grocery store, half dead and for pennies. They are still blooming, while the hostas are turning for the fall season.
I was successful in drying an entire.....
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Yesterday Hubby and I split wood, while two of the girls hauled and stacked. This time I think I came inside with saw dust in my ears, in my hair and up my nose. I think I smelled wood all night long, ha ha!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
I wanted to send Daughter some good coffee, and finally found a way to do it. The first thing that came to mind was a "Coffee Tea Bag" but they are really Coffee bags.
After I made these. . .
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Woke up to fog. And cold. I left windows open all night due to the warm weather. We woke up to a pretty cold house. Brr. The kids have a 2 hour delay today, so I actually slept in for once.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Yesterday I woke up to this....
A sign fall is here to stay and winter is on the way. Wood splitting must get into full swing here on the homestead.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hubby was out putting the new mower belt on the mower, but was back inside just as quick. It did not fit. Back to the store for another one, but today the rain has arrived.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
This time of year, everything is very wet early in the morning. As I picked green peppers yesterday, I noticed how wet the garden still is.
I opted to bake first, then head to the front flower beds instead. I was sure to get "Frankenstein" feet if I went to the vegetable garden.
While my breakfast cooked, I quickly tossed ingredients together to make a pie for dinner. Which by the way, was not a pie I'll make again.
It was called "Stupid Pie" and
Thursday, October 9, 2014
With a growling stomach yesterday morning, I randomly wrote out my "to-do" list. It never has a particular order, and anything not completed simply rolls over into the next day. Interruptions can do that.
It was still too wet outside, and everything was still dripping in the bright sun, so I concentrated on the indoor work.
The weather however, was excellent for laundry on the line.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Thanks to my older brother, I was able to get photos of the moon this morning. Did you know today (Oct. 8, 2014) it would be red and there would be a total lunar eclipse?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
After a trip to the library, I was back home baking yesterday.
I was blessed with overly ripe bananas, so first I made banana bread (using my canned applesauce). While that was baking, I mixed ingredients for the next item - chewy granola bars. Lunch packings are now re-stocked.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Despite having to drive up to the ICU again for one of Hubby's sisters, we got more wood cut. We are about 1/3 done for a season, so you can see how far behind we are on that job. What can I say? Hubby works a lot of hours and with my son gone, I don't have a wood splitting partner to speed up the job.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
We got buckets and buckets of rain yesterday. Just when a shower would end, another one started. It was the perfect day to ignore housework, sit on the porch and write. Just don't tell Hubby.
Friday, October 3, 2014
I had no idea these even existed, and read about them at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth. They mention more information is at Mountain Rose Herbs (where I do buy my elderberries when they are in stock). If you get a chance, go to their site and read about it. It's basically a fancy name for a honey/vinegar mixture to help herbs taste better going down (and healthy). I know honey makes mullein tea taste much better, but anyway.....